I had my Plantar Fasciotomy on November 21st. I think I hold a record or something because people are amazed that I voluntarily had surgery on my birthday. My feelings were: What else do I do for excitement at my age? and I get four days off from my primary job with pay that I can use to recuperate because of the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Surgery went well and my sister drove me home to start the recuperation. I was placed in a surgical boot and basically climbed into my bedroom to hide the next couple of days, only emerging to show up to Thanksgiving dinner for an hour on Thursday.
Not a lot of pain – for which I was grateful. Just one really nasty bout of nausea the first night – which led to the joys of cleaning up my carpeting because I couldn’t crawl quite fast enough to my garbage can.
I tried to stay off the foot as much as I could the rest of the week and used crutches or a crutch to help keep the pressure off. I did work a lot on my second job starting on Friday – but actually took two full days to relax and rest. I even got bored enough to go through my Amazon Kindle account and delete 150+ books that I had already read and wouldn’t reread or didn’t plan to read.
Fast forward to today. I had my post surgical follow-up with Dr. Royall. I did chew him out for not giving me any post surgical instructions and he admitted he messed up there. Luckily – this was foot surgery number 3 on the left foot and I was a pro at knowing most of the routines.
Dr. R removed the stitches and showed me that there was good “squishiness” in the Plantar Fasciia – which is a good sign. Normally he only uses the needle in a surgery between 1 minute 45 seconds and 2 minutes 30 seconds and he had to work on me for 3 minutes 30 seconds because my Plantar Fasciia was pretty solid from scarring.
We discussed my theory that trying to switch this year from a heel striker to a midfoot striker probably aggravated underlying conditions and caused this injury. I’m going to go back to being a heel striker and proud of it. It worked for me for 7 years. I shouldn’t have messed with it.
Dr. R seems to know I need to be told specifically what I can and cannot do. Here is the plan for the next little bit:
- Wear the boot for 2.5 more weeks. I can start wearing a shoe with my orthotic on December 17th. Still not supposed to walk more than necessary (yeah – life is really cooperating with that).
- Starting on December 17th, I can slowly walk one mile a day. No running and not much more than that.
- Starting next Wednesday I can swim as much as I want as long as I don’t push off with the left foot. I think I’ll throw pool running in.
- I can ride a recumbant bike as much as I want – but not on heavy settings.
- I can start doing core and upper body weight lifting – just can’t do any that require standing or putting stress on the foot.
- I did get permission to go to the New Year’s Revolution Run – but am limited to two hours of easy walking and no running.